What is an apologist?
I didnât know either.
Until I met Nathan Betts.
Heâs an apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
His job is to answer hard questions.
So today I asked him one.
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Thank-you Grant and Nathan. The Lord is amazing because a few months ago, I saw Ravi on an episode of Joyce Meyer and soaked up what he said. Then I went to rzim.org and listened to Ravi teach on the Four Deepest Questions of Life. What a relief to have the questions identified with answers to follow. Then I had an issue to handle regarding grade nines in Canada being taught by the Rainbow Resource Center. So I emailed rzim.ca and received good advice from Rick Manafo. I adore how the Holy Spirit is bringing God’s people together to educate us and learn from each other and support each other!
Well sonny, I see you had a breakthrough in your learning about learning. ” Apolo-get it” is tough to get. See, you can teach old dogs new stuff. Basic Christianity 101, keep on truckin’
A statement I hear often among fellow christians is “God allows it to happen”. This really bugs me. Its like wat a Pastor told me once ‘Satan asks God if he can do something bad (like he did to Job) and God grants permission’. This surely is not the case since Jesus died on the Cross. God has given us authority over the enemy. Im not just talking earthquakes etc Im talking sickness, everyday life situations when something bad happens to a Christian. I would like the Truth to this please in respect to ‘God allows it to happen’ and what the Word says. Thanku.
The biggest question I had for God was ” why is there so much ” division ” in the Church – the Body of Christ and why are there over a thousand denominations ? ”
The Lord answered me directly after taking some time before He answered my question . He spoke to my heart and told me that He had nothing to do with all the ‘ man made ‘ denominations but that He wanted to bless all believers no matter what denomination they belonged to. Then He went further and asked me a question . He said, ” Larry, what can you do to bring more unity to all believers regardless of a person’s denomination ? “
Great question. I will give you a start to an answer here:
First, I would be reluctant to use the word ‘allow(s)’ in this context simply because that word is often closely linked to God causing the evil, pain or suffering. God does know what will happen but that does not mean that He causes those tragic events.
The second point is this: The world is broken. Christianity does not say that the world in which we live is the best of all possible worlds. No, far from it. But the Christian argument is that God has provided the best of all possible means to the best of all possible world; Christ! Through Christ evil has been defeated. This of course means that even in the midst of tragedy, we can know that he has overcome. We should also not be surprised if we ever face trouble in our lifetime. Christ actually addressed this in the book of John.(John 16:33) He said, ‘In this world you will have trouble.(notice not a matter of if,but when!) BUT, Christ said, take heart! I have overcome the world. Through Christ, we have immense hope; hope for today-his presence with us and the power of the Holy Spirit- and hope for tomorrow-eternal life.
I hope this helps, Faye.
Great to meet Nathan . I am impressed and encouraged to know there are people like him going around helping people understand the ways of our Lord in such a personal and personable way. i love the idea of people getting their questions answered in the areas they are confused and struggling. This is discipleship and evangelism at its best, helping in the areas people are struggling in by helping them see and think more clearly. What a great ministry I never before knew existed!!
Well done mate. Keep it up. God bless you!!!